27th March 2011 is the designated day that all householders in Britain are required to fill in their Census Return forms. A census has been carried out in Britain every 10 years since 1801. This came about after a book was published in 1800 which predicted because of the population explosion that within 10 years there would not be enough food to go round and people would starve to death. So it was decided that to meet the needs of a growing population a census would be conducted. The Idea that the census will enable the country to build a better life for everyone are debatable, It can certainly provide the data needed but it will depend on the Government of the day whether the facts are heeded I suppose. The main argument against the Census from the start is that it encroaches on people’s privacy. In the past people were employed has census takers and there job was to call on each household and record the details of all who were residing therein on a given census day, it is reported that one man who was determined not to be interviewed for the census got into a rowing boat and rowed out into the middle of a lake so that no one could get to him on census day.
Some interesting changes can be recorded in the Census for example in 1911 there was around a 100 people living in Britain over the age of a 100yrs old but today there are over 12,000 and in the 2001 census over 390,000 people declared there religion as Jedi Knights.